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Right-footed but with the ability to operate off either flank, Northumbrian-born Jonathan Baker's early career saw him embark on a mazy dribble through the English West Midlands and the Spanish Basque Territory, from which he emerged with a second-class honours degree in Modern Languages, an appreciation for existentialist paperbacks, and troublesome soft-spots for strong European lager and Wolverhampton Wanderers. After an ill-starred foray into secondary school teaching in south central Manchester, which he prefers not to talk about (especially the time when a single large brown onion was thrown through an open window into the dead centre of his classroom, occasioning mayhem), he signed up with visible relief for the life of a lowly city-centre desk clerk, which dusty, long-afternooned vocation afforded ample headspace to dedicate to his writerly pursuits. Married, with one very-nearly grown-up boy-child, he resides in Stockport, Cheshire, in a pretend-Victorian terrace-dwelling enjoying spectacular views of the Peak District, or at least it would if the electricity substation wasn't in the way. He writes -- indeed may be doing so even as we speak -- at his blog: http://crinklybee.typepad.com


James Borden is a primary care physician in Portland, Oregon. He is the director of a teaching clinic for Legacy Health System. His dream someday is to join that rare company of physician-writers. His piece in Uncommonalities Volume II: Bad Enough is his first piece of published fiction.


Margie Vodopia Carroll has four novels in print: two romantic comedies with Amazon Montlake and two thrillers with HarperCollins/Avon. Her debut thriller, A Dark Love , received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and made their Top 100 Books List of 2009. It was published in Italy by Mondadori and Germany in the prestigious Diana Verlag imprint of Random House. Originally from Queens, she grew up in Dix Hills, Long Island and earned her BA from The George Washington University. She does media relations for a law enforcement agency and writes fiction when she can. The Carrolls reside in Michigan with a Scottish Terrier named Hawkeye.


Rachael is a writer and poet based in Lincolnshire, UK. She recently studied for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln, and has work published or forthcoming with 3 Moon Magazine, Burning House Press, can we have our ball back?, Fly on the Wall Press, Horla, Streetcake Magazine, and Truffle. Follow her on Twitter @rachaelg2601 or Instagram @rachaelcharlotte14


Dr. Jill Corvelli is a therapist specializing in integrative approaches to treating the mind and body. Her life and career have taken her literally around the world – she did a 360° loop with many stops along the way. She enjoys music and movie-making as well as writing and loves how these crafts intersect with her work.


Pat Fish is a senile delinquent who writes songs about sex, death, and talking animals. He lives with two cats and five guitars in Northampton, England. www.jazzbutcher.com


Dirk Flinthart is a writer of speculative fiction from Tasmania. Best known for sf and fantasy stories, he is currently working on screenwriting and non-fiction.


Melissa Lee-Houghton has published three poetry collections with Penned in the Margins, a fiction chapbook with Rough Trade, and a novel with Morbid Books. Her third poetry collection, Sunshine , received the Somerset Maugham Award and her novel, That Lonesome Valley , was longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness prize.


Jaz-Michael King is a fairly average human who was alive at the time of his story's creation. He enjoys cheese, singing, and cutting his toenails with a knife, although not necessarily in that order. He is Welsh, and eats surprisingly little seaweed.


Guy Mankowski was the singer in the signed band Alba Nova. His novels include The Intimates (a 2011 Read Regional Title), Letters from Yelena (winner of an Arts Council Literature Award and featured in GCSE training by Osiris Educational), How I Left The National Grid (written as part of a PhD in Creative Writing) and An Honest Deceit (winner of an Arts Council Literature Award and a New Writing North Read Regional Award). He is a full-time lecturer at The University of Lincoln. His novel Dead Rock Stars will be published in September 2020, and his first non-fiction book, Albion's Secret History: Snapshots of England's Pop Rebels and Outsiders will be published by Zer0 Books in March 2021.


Matt O'Grady is a man of few words.


Hope O'Keeffe works in a really big library and lives with an excellent husband, a fourth-hand piano, too many books, and a suspicious number of cats.


Philip is a writer, director, and composer living in Portland, Oregon. He is the creator of Frogtown, a national award-winning musical story series. Philip received an Emmy for ABC-TV's Rapmatazz and was named Best Director at the LA Film Festival.


John Schoneboom's novel Fontoon was published by Dedalus Books. An early extract of his novel The Science of a Single Cabbage , written as part of his PhD in Creative Writing at Northumbria University, won a Northern Writers' Award. Schoneboom's first play, Dreams of Jimmy Bannon, won an Artists' Fellowship Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and he has since written dozens of plays of various lengths that have been performed in the United States, England, and Ireland. Schoneboom serves as editor of the Uncommonalities short story series.


Christi Sperry is a clinical audiologist volunteer for the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss.


James Tucker lives in Newcastle upon Tyne with two cats and a variety of neuroses, but isn't sure if both groups help with writing. He is also realising that submission letters might play some role in success.


Andrew Wilkinson lives in Newcastle upon Tyne and has two novels in progress.


Kay Wilson has had short stories published in various anthologies and won the New Writing North/Journal flash fiction competition. She is currently editing her first novel about a middle-aged female stand-up comic, which has taken so long to develop it has almost stripped away her own sense of humour.